myths about counselling

There is a myth that attending counselling is a sign of weakness, that strong people maintain a "stiff upper lip" and have no need for counselling.

Exploring one's feelings and emotions with a view to leading a more positive way of life is a sign of courage rather than of weakness. Problems and difficulties that are not dealt with do not simply go away, they can mount up and in time cause a major crisis.

Another myth is that counselling is only for people who have mental health problems, and that you have to be completely unable to cope to consider counselling. This is untrue - many people find counselling enables them to cope with specific problems such as relationship breakdown or bereavement.

Some people think that counsellors are there to give them advice and tell them what they should do in a particular situation. Most counsellors do not work in this way, but aim to help people to explore their situations and possible solutions and work out which is the right way forward for them.

What a counsellor is not…

A professional counsellor is not the same as a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has specialised in mental health.
A counsellor is not a medical doctor and cannot prescribe medication of any kind.